CIRI buys North Wind Inc.

Acquisition positions both companies for environmental and construction services growth

Anchorage, AK — CIRI Development Corp. acquired North Wind Inc., an environmental management, engineering and construction services company on Dec. 31, 2009. CIRI Development Corp. is a wholly owned CIRI subsidiary.

North Wind is an Alaska corporation, headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with some 400 workers at offices and projects located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The firm was founded by company President Sylvia Medina in Eagle River, Alaska, in 1997. Medina will remain president, and CIRI does not anticipate any management changes or job cuts.

“We are very excited to bring North Wind into the CIRI family of companies,” said Margie Brown, CIRI president and chief executive officer. “It is a successful, highly-regarded company with a strong management team. It should provide an excellent platform for CIRI business growth, especially outside of Alaska.”

“The new ownership will benefit North Wind and its customers by assuring long-term continuity,” Medina said. “CIRI is well-positioned to help North Wind grow its operations across North America.”

North Wind also provides natural/cultural resource consulting and information technology services. The firm has a large portfolio of contracts with government and commercial customers, including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Bechtel Corp., NASA, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Duke Energy and General Electric.

CIRI is one of 12 Alaska-based regional corporations established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 to benefit Alaska Natives who had ties to the Cook Inlet region. The company is owned by 7,300 Alaska Native shareholders of Athabascan and Southeast Indian, Inupiat and Yup’ik Eskimo, Alutiiq and Aleut descent. It is based in Anchorage and has interests across Alaska, the Lower 49 and abroad. CIRI’s well-diversified portfolio of business operations and investments includes:

  • Energy and resource development
  • Oilfield and heavy construction services
  • Commercial and retail real estate development and management
  • Tourism and destination resorts
  • Renewable energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Aerospace defense
  • Private equity and venture capital investments
  • Marketable securities investments

CIRI also created a family of nonprofit service organizations that provide needed health care, housing, employment, education and other social and cultural enrichment services for Alaska Natives and others.